Rangers Pip Bendel Insurance to Win 2023/2024 NPFL Title

Rangers International of Enugu have emerged as the champions of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) season after defeating Bendel Insurance 2-0 at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday.

Kenechukwu Agu opened the scoring with a free-kick in the 33rd minute as the tie ended one nil in the first half.

Chidiebere Nwobodo fed off Japhet Opobo’s effort to seal the victory for the host five minutes after the hour mark.

Fidelis Ikechukwu’s side achieved the feat with a game to complete the campaign having amassed 67 points in 37 matches.

The Flying Antelopes have now claimed the NPFL title 8 times, with the first and second coming in 1974 and 1975.

The Enugu side also clinched the title in 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984, 2016 and for the eight time this season.

While Rangers have won the title, the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup places are yet to be confirmed with Remo Stars in second place on 62 points; last season’s champions, Enyimba with 60 points in third, while Shooting Stars have accumulated 59 points in fourth.

Similarly, Heartland and Gombe United have been confirmed relegated with both teams on 38 and 25 points respectively, while Sporting Lagos in 17th (46 points) and Doma United with an outstanding game in 18th (43 points) can still fight for their place in the Nigerian top division.

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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